Friday, 25 April 2014

Sports Development student sees options open

Combining study with employment can be challenging, but Sam Holden is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and commitment.

Sam will soon graduate from our Sports Development programme and is contuining his studies as he looks to progress into teaching. We spoke to Sam to find out more:

Tell us your thoughts about UCLan and why should people study here?

UCLan developed my passion for becoming the best person I could possibly become. Through extensive support from the tutors, to their subject knowledge and guidance they've given, I'm confident in achieving success in the future.

University develops a high level of critical thinking and UCLan provides the perfect learning environment for you to excel no matter what your passion is. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

What have you done alongside your studies?

I work part-time for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust (BWCT) coaching athletes from a variety of backgrounds. On Saturdays I shadow academy coaches to further develop myself. I've recently been accepted onto a PGCE linked with Edge Hill University where I'll teach and study for one year, which will result in me becoming a NQT in Primary education.

You recently went to Spain – tell us about the trip.

I travelled to Valencia with a group of BWCT with a view to developing potential international contacts and partnerships. We coached football at Lliria FC to children there and helped them pick up basic English language skills. The Trust has since decided to focus their efforts locally.

I was subsequently offered a role as Disability Coordinator as part of a three-year project, but decided to decline the offer to continue with my studies and gain a primary PGCE.

What sort of challenges do you face in your role?

Balancing a part-time job with study can be difficult. The biggest challenge I've faced is structuring and managing my time properly.

I have to make sure I organise my life in order of importance and cut out anything that gets in the way of my development, to make sure I achieve my overall goals.

What have you enjoyed about the job?

It primarily provided me with pocket money! It's also enabled me to practice different coaching styles and methods which have been established through University modules. Finally I see children not only develop and learn new skills but to develop as individual people which gives me a huge amount of job satisfaction. Travelling to Spain was also a great experience.

What are your long-term aspirations?

I want to become a Head Teacher within either a mainstream or SEN primary school setting as soon as possible. From this point I intend to develop a new structure for primary education which involves tailoring each lesson towards the individual. I also aim to highlight the importance of Physical Education.

My main objective is to inspire individuals in becoming the best they can be and contribute towards change in education.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Students support Derian House charity

UCLan Sports Development & Enterprise undergraduates joined their colleagues from the Sports Business Management & Marketing programme to raise nearly £1,500 for Derian House.

As part of their TL3082 Sport and Leisure Events module, the students organised a series of events including a casino night, a pub quiz and football, pool & table-tennis tournaments to raise money for The Lodge.

Opened in 2010, this 4 bedded unit assists with the continuity of care of young people accessing their children's service. Derian Lodge caters for the unique needs of young people aged 16-25 with a life-limiting illness.

Lucy Sawdon-Collings from Derian House praised the students' efforts: "As I explained when I first met everyone, the hospice relies almost entirely on donations to continue to offer the support and care we give to families throughout the North West.

"You can rest assured the money raised will definitely make a difference. A huge thank you on behalf of everyone at Derian House - it's an absolutely fantastic amount and we truly do appreciate every penny."

UCLan Sports Development & Enterprise would like to thank Lucy for her tremendously helpful input in assessing and offering feedback on the feasibility study presentations and also for the support offered to groups on an individual basis.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Coaching opportunity

Preston North End Womens Juniors FC (PNEWJFC) are recruiting new volunteer coaches for the 2014/2015 season.

If you're looking to gain experience in managing and coaching at junior level, this may be the opportunity for you.

PNEWJFC have 7 girls teams from U10s through to U16s. All teams play in the West Lancs Girls Football League.

Winter training takes place at UCLan Sports Arena on Thursday evenings, with summer sessions at Archbishop Temple School, also on Thursdays. Candidates must be able to commit to weekly training sessions and weekend games, be reliable and be able to take on the responsibility of taking charge of junior players. All coaches are CRC checked on joining the Club.

Essential Qualification is an FA Level 1, while Desirable Qualifications are FA Level 2, FAYA Module 1 and FAYA Module 2.

If you wish to be considered for this role please email your CV to Muriel Freeman.